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Addressing concerns that Hungary was at “risk of a serious breach” of core EU values, Hungary’s justice minister attended a meeting in Brussels, the first formal hearing on Hungary.

Judit Varga told Hungarian journalists after the hearing that it had been “yet another stage in the revenge campaign by pro-migration forces”. She said that Hungary had been the target of a “witch hunt” for over a year due to its insistent “rejection of migration”. The Hungarian government has taken “a great step forward” in protecting Hungary, the minister said.

“We have rejected every accusation and false claim. We have clarified all legal issues. We have rejected double standards, and I once again have called attention to the fact that the resolution in question is in itself a violation of the rule of law,” the minister said.

Last September, the European Parliament approved a report prepared by Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini triggering an Article 7 procedure against Hungary which could ultimately strip the country of its EU voting rights. MEPs voted to launch the procedure because of the “existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the Union is founded”.